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Pokémon in our Biomes: pt. 19 Open Oceans

“I’ve recently decided to make a series of posts with hypothetical thinking and analyzing of what Pokémon species could potentially be found in the world’s biomes. Not at all relative to the games, I will be focusing primarily of the elements, design, and relativity to real life flora and fauna of Pokémon to depict where different species would roam on our big blue marble.”

This will be my 19th Pokémon in our Biomes post, and this one will focus on the Open Ocean. Generally when we talk about open oceans we throw around the term pelagic zone. Much like the abyssal zone, the pelagic zone has its own specific characteristics that make it different than other oceanic zones. The difference of the pelagic zone compared to other zones is that it’s pretty much just water. No coral, no plant life, the pelagic zone encompasses everything from the surface of the water all the way down to just above the ocean floor, where the benthic and demersal zones lie respectively. 

The sheer vastness and openness of the oceans allow for some of the fastest, biggest, most migratory aquatic species. Because there isn’t much to offer in regards to nutrients and prey, pretty much all of the food chain in the pelagic zone starts with the bear essential: sunlight

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Pictured are two plates from d'Orbigny’s Mollusques, echinodermes, foraminiferes et polypiers 1839.

Starfish are highly successful echinoderms belonging to the large Class Asteroidea. About sixteen hundred species live in the world’s oceans, where they can be found from the intertidal zone to the ocean abyss, even thriving under the Arctic ice.

Most starfish are voracious predators and can eat a wide range of foods including bivalve mollusks, which they encircle in their arms and grasp with their tube feet. Holding, fast, the starfish slowly pries open the mollusk by tiring out its adductor muscle, which the mollusk uses to keep its shell shut tight. Once the shell is open a little way, the starfish is able to extrude its stomach into the opening and digest the mollusk’s soft tissue.

See these and many other marine illustrations in Opulent Oceans, now on view at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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